We have started our HAB-3 program and we are working with 4 schools who will be part of the launch. Two of the schools, Bishop Guertin High School and Merrimack High School have been through the preparation sessions before. To expand their involvement with STEM activities, the Nashua Area Radio Society has hosted kits builds at both schools.
The students did a great job once they learned to solder and enjoyed the kit build.
The students are also learning morse code and there will be a morse competition in future sessions at both schools, using the Pixie kits built by the students.
Last Friday, 5 club members were Elmers to 18 students at Merrimack High School, who also built the PIXIE kit. Thanks to Bill, AB1AV, Niece, KA1ULN, Mike, K1WVO, Jamey, AC1DC , Tom, AB1NS, and Fred, AB1OC for helping the kids to have a successful kit build.
All of the teachers and students had a great time and learned a lot during the kit build. They are looking forward to the morse code competition.
In addition to classroom study, we provided many demos and gave the students an opportunity to get on the air and make Satellite contacts using the station above. Students also had the opportunity to make HF Contacts using a FlexMaestro, which connected over the internet to the station at the AB1OC/AB1QB QTH.
Our next license class will be the General Class, which will be held on March 24th and 25th. We will hold the Extra Class on April 27 – 29. To register, visit our Class Information Page.
Many of our students also joined the Nashua Area Radio Society after they passed their exams. Please say hello to the new members and congratulate them at our next meeting.
Saturday, January 6th was ARRL Kids Day On the Air. and we hosted a club event for kids at Fred, AB1OC and Anita, AB1QB’s QTH. We had many fun activities for the kids including getting on the air via HF and Satellite, learning CW and demos of some cool Raspberry Pi projects.
The portable satellite station was set up and it was a great day for satellites as there were many good passes. Fred helped many of the kids make their first Satellite contacts.
We had a total of 9 kids who participated in the event, along with their parents.
Raspberry Pi, CW, Fox Hunting, and HAB Demos
We provided demos to the kids of several Raspberry Pi projects, Pi-Lexa – a home built Raspberry Pi Alexa built by Connor, KC1GGX, along with a CW decoder and the DX Alarm Clock. Jamey, KC1ENX provided some CW demos including his favorite YouTube video – The Rhythm of the Code. Fred, AB1OC did a show and tell of the High Altitude Balloon including pieces of the balloons that we in space and a Fox-Hunting demo.
We also went down to the shack and the kids got on the air and made some HF contacts. Jamey, KC1ENX helped the kids to make contacts with other kids as well as adult Hams on the air. The kids really enjoyed the HF operation. We did some live streaming on the N1FD Facebook page during the event. Follow this link to see the live stream of some of our on-air activities during Kid’s Day.
AB1BY Gets On the Air
After most of the kids left, Abby, AB1BY took the mic and ran a huge pileup. She was very popular on the air and did a great job of running the pileup. We also streamed her pileup operation to Facebook and it got a huge response.
Overall, Kids Day On the Air was a fun day for both the kids and the adults. We are looking forward to the next Kids Day in July!